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Dr Ruth Lamont

Dr Ruth Lamont

Research Fellow

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 College House 2.05

 

College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Overview

I am a social psychologist with an interest in social, psychological and environmental factors that impact on health and well-being in later life. This has led me into applied health research looking at well-being among stroke survivors and those living with dementia, as well as looking more broadly at experiences of ageism in later life.

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Twitter: @RuthALamont

 

Projects

The CoGS ‘Community Groups for Post-Stroke Support’ study

Improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life: the IDEAL study

The ‘A Life More Ordinary’ project: learn more from ITV report, the Alzheimer’s Society blog and press release.

PhD research: Applying social psychological theories to examine how age stereotypes negatively impact older adults’ cognitive and physical abilities, health and well-being.

 

Qualifications

2011-2015 PhD in Social Psychology (University of Kent)

2010-2011 MSc in Social and Applied Psychology (University of Kent)

2007-2010 BSc in Psychology and Sociology (University of Kent)

Research

Research interests

I am a social psychologist with an interest in social, psychological and environmental factors that impact on health and well-being in later life. This has led me into applied health research looking at well-being among stroke survivors and those living with dementia, as well as looking more broadly at experiences of ageism in later life.

Stroke: I am currently project manager for the Stroke Association funded CoGS study (Community Groups for Post-Stroke Support). Beyond the impairments that stroke can leave people with, it can also create challenges for people in social settings and increase chances of isolation. The CoGS study is therefore surveying people from post-stroke support groups across the UK to understand the role that peer support can play in improving outcomes after stroke. In particular, the study will explore the role that psychological connection to the group plays in determining its effectiveness (drawing on social identity theory).

Dementia: I have worked extensively on the IDEAL programme which aims to understand more about people’s experiences of living with dementia, both those living with it and the friends/family supporting them. The study has provided valuable insights into factors that enable individuals to live better with dementia. My work on the project has focused on psychological factors that can promote well-being, such as self-esteem, self-efficacy and optimism. I worked on the ‘A Life More Ordinary’ project as part of this, a great arts-based project sharing the experiences of people living with dementia: see our ITV report, the Alzheimer’s Society blog and press release.

Ageism: I am interested more broadly in how people experience ageing, and the effect that ageism can have on this. My research has explored people’s attitudes to ageing, as well as looking at the way that age stereotyping can impact on the competencies and well-being of older adults (drawing on stereotype threat theory). I continue to publish in this area along with colleagues at the Centre for the Study of Group Processes and European Research Group on Attitudes to Age.

 

Funding:

2017: ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017, funding for the event ‘Cultural and Personal Reflections on Dementia’ (£940)

2016: University of Exeter, Postgraduate and Early Career Engagement Award (£1000)

2015: University of Kent, Public Engagement with Research Fund, application entitled ‘Developing and Expanding the Kent Adult Research Unit to Enhance Public Engagement with Research’ (with Dr Hannah Swift and Amanda Bates, £1700)

2014: 6 month internship at the Cabinet Office Government Innovation Group (funded accommodation, travel and maintenance)

2014: University of Kent Vice-Chancellor’s discretionary funding to support the British Psychological Societies’ Social Psychology Postgraduate Conference (£200)

2012: Bursary received to cover costs of attending a two-day conference on "Web surveys for the General Population" (ESRC through NCRM)

2010: 1+3 ESRC studentship (fully funded Masters and PhD plus maintenance)

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Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Lamont RA, Swift HJ, Abrams D (2015). A review and meta-analysis of age-based stereotype threat: Negative stereotypes, not facts, do the damage. Psychology and Aging, 30(1), 180-193. Abstract.
Abrams D, Swift HJ, Lamont RA, Drury L (2015). The barriers to and enablers of positive attitudes to ageing and older people, at the societal and individual level. Foresight Review, Government Office for Science. Abstract.  Full text.
Swift HJ, Lamont RA, Abrams D (2012). Are they half as strong as they used to be? an experiment testing whether age-related social comparisons impair older people's hand grip strength and persistence. BMJ Open, 2(3). Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Clare L, Wu YT, Quinn C, Jones IR, Victor CR, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Litherland R, Pickett JA, Hindle JV, et al (2019). A comprehensive model of factors associated with capability to "live well" for family caregivers of people living with mild-to-moderate dementia: Findings from the ideal study. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 33(1), 29-35. Abstract.  Full text.
Lamont RA, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Martyr A, Rippon I, Kopelman MD, Hindle JV, Jones RW, Litherland R, Clare L, et al (2019). Psychological predictors of ‘living well’ with dementia: findings from the IDEAL study. Aging and Mental Health Abstract.  Full text.
Lamont RA, Quinn C, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Rusted JM, Hindle JV, Longdon B, Clare L (2019). Self-esteem, self-efficacy and optimism as psychological resources among family caregivers of people with dementia: Findings from the IDEAL study. International Psychogeriatrics, 31 Abstract.  Full text.
Clare L, Wu Y-T, Jones IR, Victor CR, Nelis S, Martyr A, Quinn C, Litherland R, Pickett JA, Hindle JV, et al (2018). A comprehensive model of factors associated with subjective perceptions of "living well" with dementia: findings from the IDEAL study. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders Full text.
Wu Y-T, Clare L, Jones IR, Martyr A, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Victor CR, Lamont RA, Rippon I, Matthews FE, et al (2018). Inequalities in living well with dementia-The impact of deprivation on well-being, quality of life and life satisfaction: Results from the improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 33(12), 1736-1742. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Martyr A, Nelis S, Quinn C, Wu YT, Lamont R, Henderson C, Clarke R, Hindle J, Thom J, Jones IR, et al (2018). Living well with dementia: a systematic review and correlational meta-analysis of factors associated with quality of life, well-being, and life satisfaction in people with dementia. Psychological Medicine, 48, 2130-2139. Abstract.  Full text.
Silarova B, Nelis SM, Ashworth RM, Ballard C, BieÅ„kiewicz M, Henderson C, Hillman A, Hindle JV, Hughes JC, Lamont RA, et al (2018). Protocol for the IDEAL-2 longitudinal study: Following the experiences of people with dementia and their primary carers to understand what contributes to living well with dementia and enhances active life. BMC Public Health, 18(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Lamont R (2017). Laughter, friendship and dementia. Nursing Older People, 29(10).
Meleady R, Abrams D, Van de Vyver J, Hopthrow T, Mahmood L, Player A, Lamont RA, Leite AC (2017). Surveillance or self-surveillance? Social cues can increase the rate of drivers’ pro-environmental behavior at a long wait stop. Environment and Behavior Abstract.
Swift HJ, Abrams D, Lamont RA, Drury L (2017). The Risks of Ageism Model: How Ageism and Negative Attitudes toward Age can be a Barrier to Active Aging. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11, 195-231. Abstract.
Drury L, Abrams D, Swift HJ, Lamont RA, Gerocova K (2016). Can Caring Create Prejudice? an Investigation ofPositive and Negative Intergenerational Contact inCare Settings and the Generalisation of Blatant andSubtle Age Prejudice to Other Older People. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology Abstract.
Lamont RA, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2016). Social Support and Attitudes to Aging in Later Life. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development Abstract.  Full text.
Lamont RA, Swift HJ, Abrams D (2015). A review and meta-analysis of age-based stereotype threat: Negative stereotypes, not facts, do the damage. Psychology and Aging, 30(1), 180-193. Abstract.
Swift HJ, Lamont RA, Abrams D (2012). Are they half as strong as they used to be? an experiment testing whether age-related social comparisons impair older people's hand grip strength and persistence. BMJ Open, 2(3). Abstract.

Chapters

Swift H, Abrams D, Lamont R (2019). Ageism Around the World. In Gu D, Dupre M (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, Cham: Springer. Author URL.
Swift HJ, Abrams D, Drury L, Lamont RA (2018). Categorization by Age. In Shackelford TK, Weekes-Shackelford VA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science.  Author URL.

Reports

Swift HJ, Abrams D, Drury L, Lamont RA (2016). The perception of ageing and age discrimination., British Medical Association. Abstract.
Abrams D, Swift HJ, Lamont RA, Drury L (2015). The barriers to and enablers of positive attitudes to ageing and older people, at the societal and individual level. Foresight Review, Government Office for Science. Abstract.  Full text.

Publications by year


2019

Clare L, Wu YT, Quinn C, Jones IR, Victor CR, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Litherland R, Pickett JA, Hindle JV, et al (2019). A comprehensive model of factors associated with capability to "live well" for family caregivers of people living with mild-to-moderate dementia: Findings from the ideal study. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders, 33(1), 29-35. Abstract.  Full text.
Swift H, Abrams D, Lamont R (2019). Ageism Around the World. In Gu D, Dupre M (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, Cham: Springer. Author URL.
Lamont RA, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Martyr A, Rippon I, Kopelman MD, Hindle JV, Jones RW, Litherland R, Clare L, et al (2019). Psychological predictors of ‘living well’ with dementia: findings from the IDEAL study. Aging and Mental Health Abstract.  Full text.
Lamont RA, Quinn C, Nelis SM, Martyr A, Rusted JM, Hindle JV, Longdon B, Clare L (2019). Self-esteem, self-efficacy and optimism as psychological resources among family caregivers of people with dementia: Findings from the IDEAL study. International Psychogeriatrics, 31 Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Clare L, Wu Y-T, Jones IR, Victor CR, Nelis S, Martyr A, Quinn C, Litherland R, Pickett JA, Hindle JV, et al (2018). A comprehensive model of factors associated with subjective perceptions of "living well" with dementia: findings from the IDEAL study. Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders Full text.
Swift HJ, Abrams D, Drury L, Lamont RA (2018). Categorization by Age. In Shackelford TK, Weekes-Shackelford VA (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science.  Author URL.
Wu Y-T, Clare L, Jones IR, Martyr A, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Victor CR, Lamont RA, Rippon I, Matthews FE, et al (2018). Inequalities in living well with dementia-The impact of deprivation on well-being, quality of life and life satisfaction: Results from the improving the experience of dementia and enhancing active life study. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 33(12), 1736-1742. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Martyr A, Nelis S, Quinn C, Wu YT, Lamont R, Henderson C, Clarke R, Hindle J, Thom J, Jones IR, et al (2018). Living well with dementia: a systematic review and correlational meta-analysis of factors associated with quality of life, well-being, and life satisfaction in people with dementia. Psychological Medicine, 48, 2130-2139. Abstract.  Full text.
Silarova B, Nelis SM, Ashworth RM, Ballard C, BieÅ„kiewicz M, Henderson C, Hillman A, Hindle JV, Hughes JC, Lamont RA, et al (2018). Protocol for the IDEAL-2 longitudinal study: Following the experiences of people with dementia and their primary carers to understand what contributes to living well with dementia and enhances active life. BMC Public Health, 18(1). Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Lamont R (2017). Laughter, friendship and dementia. Nursing Older People, 29(10).
Meleady R, Abrams D, Van de Vyver J, Hopthrow T, Mahmood L, Player A, Lamont RA, Leite AC (2017). Surveillance or self-surveillance? Social cues can increase the rate of drivers’ pro-environmental behavior at a long wait stop. Environment and Behavior Abstract.
Swift HJ, Abrams D, Lamont RA, Drury L (2017). The Risks of Ageism Model: How Ageism and Negative Attitudes toward Age can be a Barrier to Active Aging. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11, 195-231. Abstract.

2016

Drury L, Abrams D, Swift HJ, Lamont RA, Gerocova K (2016). Can Caring Create Prejudice? an Investigation ofPositive and Negative Intergenerational Contact inCare Settings and the Generalisation of Blatant andSubtle Age Prejudice to Other Older People. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology Abstract.
Lamont RA, Nelis SM, Quinn C, Clare L (2016). Social Support and Attitudes to Aging in Later Life. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development Abstract.  Full text.
Swift HJ, Abrams D, Drury L, Lamont RA (2016). The perception of ageing and age discrimination., British Medical Association. Abstract.

2015

Lamont RA, Swift HJ, Abrams D (2015). A review and meta-analysis of age-based stereotype threat: Negative stereotypes, not facts, do the damage. Psychology and Aging, 30(1), 180-193. Abstract.
Abrams D, Swift HJ, Lamont RA, Drury L (2015). The barriers to and enablers of positive attitudes to ageing and older people, at the societal and individual level. Foresight Review, Government Office for Science. Abstract.  Full text.

2012

Swift HJ, Lamont RA, Abrams D (2012). Are they half as strong as they used to be? an experiment testing whether age-related social comparisons impair older people's hand grip strength and persistence. BMJ Open, 2(3). Abstract.

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